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About the speakers

Prof. Hilary Marland

Hilary Marland is Professor of History at the University of Warwick and Director of the Institute of Advanced Study.  She is former editor of Social History of Medicine and from 2003-8 was Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick.  She has published on the history of midwifery and childbirth, infant welfare, women and medical practice, alternative medicine, hydropathy, and women and madness.  In 2004 she published Dangerous Motherhood: Insanity and Childbirth in Victorian Britain (Palgrave) and is currently writing a study of girls’ health in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain.  She is also collaborating on two new projects: madness, migration and the Irish in Lancashire, c.1850-1921 and domestic medical practices and technologies in the modern period.


Dr. Claire Brock

Claire Brock is a Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Leicester, where she also teaches Medical Humanities at postgraduate level to medical students and practising doctors.  She has published two monographs, so far, entitled The Feminization of Fame, 1750-1830 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), based on her Warwick PhD thesis, and The Comet Sweeper: Caroline Herschel's Astronomical Ambition (Icon, 2007).  She is currently editing the fifth volume of Victorian Science and Literature, entitled New Audiences for Science: Women, Children, Labourers (Pickering and Chatto, 2012) ( victorian_science_and_literature ) and working on her next monograph: Women Surgeons in Britain, 1860-1918, which she hopes will form the first of a two-volume series about female surgeons between 1860 and 1945.





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